Lee County man indicted for unemployment fraud


FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – A Lee County man has been indicted on two felony charges for allegedly defrauding Kentucky’s Unemployment Insurance program, Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on Thursday.

An investigation by the AG’s Department of Criminal Investigations resulted in a Franklin County grand jury indicting Shaun Caudill, 35, of Beattyville, Kentucky, for one count of Theft or Identity of Another and one count of False Statement or Misrepresentation to Receive Benefits Over $1,000.

Both charges are Class D felonies, which carry a sentence of one to five years in prison, if convicted.

Department of Criminal Investigations Detective Matt Easter investigated the case after the Attorney General’s Office received a tip related to possible unemployment insurance fraud.  Assistant Attorney General Alex Garcia then presented findings of the case before the Grand Jury, which led to the indictment.

The Attorney General’s Office is involved in more ongoing investigations related to unemployment insurance fraud.  Kentuckians who feel they are victims of unemployment insurance fraud or identity theft should report it immediately to the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance, by visiting https://secure.kentucky.gov/FormServices/UI/Fraud.

The Attorney General’s Office also maintains a website to assist Kentuckians who suspect their identity has been compromised.  The website is available here


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